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Report: As expected, Drummond leaving UConn for NBA

Apr 12, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

Some guys leave college because they will go as a high draft pick, but others are motivated because of what they see as an unstable situation at the university.

Meet Andre Drummond. The UConn big man is a lock top 5 pick, plus nobody is sure if Jim Calhoun will be back in the fall to coach a team that can’t participate in the 2013 NCAA tournament anyway due to missing the NCAA’s new academic standards.

So, Drummond will go pro, reports the Connecticut Post (via our sister blog CollegeBasketballTalk). With that, Drummond would be the first one-and-done player in UConn’s history.

DraftExpress has Drummond going No. 2 in the upcoming draft. At 6’10, 250 pounds, he would play center in the NBA. There is no question he has potential — he is long, athletic, mobile, just flat out athletically gifted. He understands the game and can rebound and play in the paint, plus has some midrange touch.

But those gifts are not always on display — he can be passive and seems to shy away from contact, according to scouts. The couple times I saw UConn this year, he seemed invisible for long stretches.

Big men with potential get drafted high and in this case the ceiling is very high, but Drummond is not without risk. Some guys blossom with the challenge of the NBA, others take a while to come around.

  1. khadeemw - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I think Drummond has outta this world potential but he has no understanding of how to play the game of basketball. He has no post move at all, he doesnt understand defensive rotations, and he doesnt know who dominate with his physical talents. He does run hard but that can only get you so far. If a team that has time to develop him is willing to take a chance they should. As a UConn fan I can honestly say I’ve seen him play approxiamately 20 times. Only 2 games left me impressed with Drummond’s performance. With that said he will be a lottery pick and he is the definition of boom or bust. This guy is either gonna be Michael Olawakandi or David Robinson there isnt any in between.

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